FIN6 and TrickBot Combine Forces in ‘Anchor’ Attacks


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Aug 17, 2014
Researchers say, two cybercriminal groups, FIN6 and the operators of the TrickBot malware, have paired up together to target several organizations with TrickBot’s malware framework called “Anchor.”

The two threat groups joining forces is a “new and dangerous twist” in an existing trend of cybercrime groups working together, say researchers with IBM X-Force. The FIN6 group (also known as “ITG08”) has historically gone after brick-and-mortar point-of-sale (PoS) data and e-commerce sites in the U.S. and Europe. Meanwhile, TrickBot is a malware strain that started out as a banking trojan, and over time gradually extended its functions to include collecting credentials from a victim’s emails, browsers and installed network apps.

“ITG08’s [FIN6’s] partnership with the TrickBot gang to use its Anchor malware framework is the latest example of a cybercriminal group that has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to adopt new malware and adapt to changing circumstances that threaten the group’s ability to obtain illicit proceeds,” said Ole Villadsen, threat analyst with IBM X-Force in a Tuesday analysis.